Following the inspiration had during a visit to Parque Guell of Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, later reinforced by the visit to Bomarzo garden, Niki de Saint Phalle begins construction of the Tarot Garden in the Garden in 1979. By identifying the magical dream and of his spiritual life, Niki de Saint Phalle has dedicated itself to the construction of the twenty-two impressive figures of steel and concrete covered with glass, mirrors and colorful ceramics for more than seventeen, flanked, as well as several specialized workers, by a team of famous names contemporary art as Rico Weber, Sepp Imhof, Paul Wiedmer, Dok van Winsen, Pierre and Marie Isabelle Le Jeune, Alan Davie, Marino Karella and especially by her husband Jean Tinguely, who died in 1991, who created the metal structures of the enormous sculptures and he has integrated it with some of its mécaniques, self-propelled assembly of mechanical elements in iron.
Work also collaborated Ricardo Menon, friend and Niki de Saint Phalle personal assistant who also died a few years ago, and Venera Finocchiaro, Roman potter; smaller sculptures of the Garden (Temperance, the Lovers, the World, the Hermit, the Oracle, Death and the Hanged), made in Paris with the help of Marco Zitelli, were then produced polyester “>Robert, Gerard and Olivier Haligon.
The Swiss architect Mario Botta, in collaboration with architect Roberto Aureli Grosseto, designed the pavilion entrance – a thick wall of fence with a single large circular opening in the center, thought of as a threshold that sharply divides the garden from everyday reality .
Finished until the summer of 1996, the construction of the Garden entailed, in addition to a huge system work, a cost of about 10 billion lire entirely self-financed by the author.
whose purpose is to preserve and maintain the work realized in 1997 by sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle has created the Foundation The Tarot Garden. On 15 May 1998, the Tarot Garden was opened to the public.
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